Oklahoma high school football: Kelton Walker sparks Moore's win over Edmond Memorial
Kelton Walker knew on the incoming play that he had one assignment.
“I had to stop the inside receiver,” he said.
For the senior defensive back at Moore High School, it was a small assignment that turned into a big opportunity.
During a nine-play, 54-yard Edmond Memorial drive, it looked as if the Bulldogs were going to narrow Moore’s lead with a score. But as Edmond Memorial’s quarterback dropped back and flung a pass to his slanting receiver, Walker jumped the route, grabbed the interception and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.
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“When he called the hitch and it came right to me I was like, ‘I got to catch this,’” Walker said. “And then after that, I was like, ‘I can’t get caught. I got to score.’”
It was his second interception and one of the many big plays that helped lead Moore to a 33-13 win over Edmond Memorial on Friday night at Edmond Memorial football field.
“We’re kind of young so we’re going to have to grow up fast,” head coach Brad Hill said before the game about his team. “I think we got some talent but we’re inexperienced. We’re going to have to worry about just doing our job.”
Last season, the Lions won their first playoff game since 2002 and made it to the Class 6A-I state semifinals. But their success was in part due to a senior driven team. That caused uncertainty for Moore heading into the 2020 season.
“We lost a lot of people,” Walker said. “so we were worried about that a little bit. But I mean we went out there and we had to play our hardest.”
Moore executed everything they were supposed to and it showed on their first score of the season.
After the defense forced a stop late in the fourth quarter, Memorial punted to senior return man Brandon Girard. After making a clean catch, Girard darted to the left side of the field and watched as the blocks kept coming in his favor. Girard returned the punt 81 yards, nearly untouched, for a touchdown.
If Moore plays as well as it did on Friday, it could be another winning season for the Lions.